The quiz will close on 5 January and answers should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by midnight that day GMT.
Some of the questions are straightforward and some a bit more convoluted to test those little grey cells. I think the questions are a bit easier than some I have set in the past so please do have a try.
Here we go....
1) Who is the man in the photo and what is the connection with an English hangman?
2) Arthur Ward, and a medieval order of knights. How are they linked by an 1882 Act of Congress?
3) Which crime writers were:
a) a tank commander
b) a dentist
c) an English, games and history school teacher
d) a Gordon Highlander
e) given a 20 year sentence for armed robbery
f) A theatre director in East Africa
e) struck down by Blackwater fever in West Africa
f) born in Racalmuto, Sicily
4) What is the connection between a cardboard box, an engineer's thumb and a Greek interpreter?
5) What links a Swiss opium addict, a British navy commander and a fictional Swedish detective?
6) An Irish port, a trailing woody stemmed plant and a heavy load are linked in crime fiction, how?
7) Which crime writers were/are a:
a) railway engineer (b) civil engineer (c) an engineer born in a prison
8) Which fictional detective:
a) was born in Santa Rosa California
b) changed his name from Charalambides
c) was educated at Eton, Balliol and Harvard and was awarded the Grand Cross of the Legion of Honor
d) was the son of a Polish stage hypnotist
e) was born in Santa Teresa California
9) Which crime writers are involved with:
a) a large semi aquatic reptile (b) a barefoot contessa (c) Montelusa
10) From what book does the following sentence come:
He smiled with compressed lips and asked: 'You know of Barbarossa, Redbeard, Khair-ed-Din?'
11) There is a convoluted crime fiction link between a Sicilian statue made from a type of fired clay, the Reverend Theodosius Longmoor and the Comte de Guy? Explain.
12) Who has written crime fiction novels set in:
a) Laos (b) Mongolia (c) Tibet (d) Oland (e) Shanghai (f) Fjallbacka (g) Bologna
13) The more common names for a small female sibling, a massive loss of consciousness and a protracted farewell, and how are they educationally linked to a Kiwi author's detective?
I hope these will be a test and you will enjoy working out the answers. Good luck.